Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet will take place Monday, Feb. 26 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Mike’s Village Restaurant located at 115 S. Bridge St., in Dimondale. “I always look forward to the opportunity to meet…

Rep. Barrett welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Tom Barrett of Charlotte (right) welcomed Pastor Dwight Ezop to the state Capitol to give Tuesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Ezop is the current pastor at St. Mary Parish in Charlotte, where Barrett attends with his family. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to…

Rep. Barrett votes for tax relief for Michigan families and seniors

State Rep. Tom Barrett joined his House colleagues in voting to relieve the tax burden on Michigan families and senior citizens. Barrett, of Potterville, said the legislation approved by a bipartisan majority in the House increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents and allows additional tax credits for people age 62 and older….

Local farmer joins Rep. Barrett as State of the State address guest

State Rep. Tom Barrett today was joined on the House floor by Steve Tennes, a Charlotte farmer who owns Country Mill Farms. Barrett, of Potterville, said he invited Tennes to Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual address to the Legislature because of his long-standing presence in mid-Michigan’s agriculture industry. “Steve and his wife Bridget have had a…

Rep. Barrett votes to ease tax burden on families buying cars

Legislator says veto override represents voice of people   State Rep. Tom Barrett today voted to speed sales tax relief for Michigan families buying cars, trucks and other motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues. The seldom-used constitutional tool – only the fourth override of a governor’s veto since 1951 –…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet will take place Monday, Jan. 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside Café located at 420 E. Capital Ave., in Bellevue. “Coffee hours are an opportunity for residents to meet…

Rep. Barrett: Grant opportunity available for specialty crop producers

State Rep. Tom Barrett, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, today encouraged local groups to apply for a grant opportunity available through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Barrett, of Potterville, said MDARD is now accepting grant proposals for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The initiative is designed to enhance the…

Rep. Barrett: 2017 was a year of legislative accomplishments

State Rep. Tom Barrett today said the Michigan House of Representatives made significant strides in improving the quality of life for families across the state, and making government more accessible and transparent. Barrett, of Potterville, serves as chair of the House Agriculture Committee. He said the committee has advanced legislation to benefit Michigan farmers and…

House panel OKs Barrett bill making English the official state language

Measure encourages learning, saves taxpayer money   The House Government Operations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett establishing English as the official state language. Barrett, of Potterville, said his legislation will encourage people who do not speak the language to learn English. He said Michigan will join 32 other states that…

House approves Rep. Barrett’s air ambulance legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved air ambulance reform legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, ensuring patients fully acknowledge and understand the potential costs of air ambulance transport when it is not medically necessary. Barrett’s measure requires hospitals to only utilize air transport when medically necessary to save patients from…

Rep. Barrett: Bill supports Michigan’s veterans groups

State Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville this week introduced legislation to support veterans organizations and service clubs related to alcohol rules in Michigan. Barrett’s bill would allow members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other groups to buy alcohol in any affiliated out-of-town club – not just their home club. The bill…